If you're planning to sell your home, your kitchen can make or break a sale. Updating it can help you sell your home faster and for more money. But one thing to remember is that it's not about how much you use to create a big impact, it's about the feeling potential buyers get when they set foot in your kitchen. With the right combination of creativity, elbow grease, and patience, you can give your kitchen a dramatic facelift without the huge price tag. Here are quick and inexpensive refreshers to revive your kitchen and attract potential buyers looking at Ann Arbor homes for sale.
- Update Your Kitchen Cabinets
If your cabinets are in good shape, but they look old and outdated, you have options that don't involve replacing them. Sanding, painting, or staining them can give you a complete set of new-looking cabinets for a few hundred bucks. While you're freshening up your kitchen cabinets, it may be time to rethink the hardware. Metals going modern in kitchen design include stainless steel, matte aluminum, copper, and brushed gold. Try swapping out old handles, knobs, drawer pulls, and range hood to create a dramatically different look.
- Install New Light Options
Kitchen lighting is essential for safety, versatility, and ambiance. It plays a big role in how bright and welcoming the whole room feels. If your kitchen has one overhead ambient lighting fixture, consider hanging pendant lights over a kitchen island, recessed lighting, or under-cabinet lighting for a modern look. As a general rule, avoid overly dim or too much light in favor of a warmer, welcoming feel.
- Shop for Budget Countertops
While outdated kitchens may have cheap vinyl or inconvenient tile-and-grout workspace, the variety of countertop surface options available today are endless. Designers are using heavy-duty structural materials for countertops, so you may want to use tile, brick, granite, resin, or concrete to your list, too. The right countertops for your kitchen will depend on the overall style, existing cabinetry, and budget.
- Revamp the Backsplash
Adding a fancy tile backsplash is one of the most popular ways to change the whole style of your kitchen. Not only will the change brighten up the kitchen, but it's fairly easy to swap out old tile or add a backsplash where there wasn't one before. This project can vary widely in terms of cost because there are many different types of tile to choose from, including plain white subway tile, colorful glass mosaic tile, and even stone. You can even go with peel-and-stick backsplash as long as you choose a material that is dirt and water-resistant.
- Upgrade to a Modern Kitchen Faucet
Replacing an old, ugly faucet can improve your kitchen's functionality and give your kitchen a more updated look. New faucets make cooking and cleaning easier. For instance, modern faucets have an increased height that makes washing or filling big pots and pans a much simpler task. To get an especially modern look, consider changing out the finish to clean stainless steel, black, or brushed brass.
- Work on Your Flooring
Flooring is a kitchen area that is often forgotten, and yet it plays an important role. If your flooring is outdated, try switching from your traditional linoleum or vinyl flooring to a more timeless material like tile, wood, or stone. If your budget won't stretch this far, try giving your floor a good cleaning, using peel-and-stick tiles, or painting over the old flooring.
These are simple upgrades you can make without the added expense of a fully-fledged remodeling job. When it's time to sell your home, Our REALTORS® will highlight your home's standout features to attract buyers and sell it at a great price. Contact us to get started.